ISLAMABAD - Golra police on Tuesday arrested Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks case, in an abduction case, thwarting his attempt to get out of the prison as a free man after a local anti-terrorism court (ATC) granted him post-arrest bail and the Islamabad High Court suspended his detention orders.

The government had been striving hard for the last couple of weeks to thwart Lakhvi’s endeavours to get out of jail. Deeming it a national duty to defeat his attempts of coming out of the prison, the police arrested him in an abduction case. “It was done on the Indian pressure,” said Lakhvi’s lawyer, Rizwan Abbasi. “There was no legal or moral justification for registering an FIR and arresting my client in a six-year-old case. This all was done to keep my client behind bars and please India,” Abbasi told The Nation as he was approached to comment on the latest development.

It is worth mentioning here that the Islamabad High Court’s order suspending Lakhvi’s detention under MPO had outraged India which lodged its strong protest by summoning Pakistan’s high commissioner to India.

Lakhvi was granted post-arrest bail in the Mumbai attacks case by ATC Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi on December 18 this year, but the government detained him in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi, under Section 3 of the MPO. He challenged his detention in the Islamabad High Court which on Monday (December 29) suspended the government orders and directed him to submit a surety bond of Rs 1 million for his release. The court also asked Lakhvi to ensure his presence on every hearing of the Mumbai attacks case. On the same day, Lakhvi’s lawyers furnished Rs 1 million surety bond to the court concerned and he was to be freed anytime on Tuesday, but the Golra police on Monday registered a case against Lakhvi for abducting one Muhammad Anwar Khan some six and a half years back. According to the FIR No 360 registered by the Golra police station of the federal capital, Muhammad Daood, a resident of G-14 Sector of the capital, reported to the police that Lakhvi had abducted his brother-in-law Anwar Khan six and a half years ago for his forced participation in ‘jihad’.

After being charged with abduction, the Golra police took Lakhvi out of Adiala Jail on Tuesday morning and produced him before a judicial magistrate amid a tight security. The magistrate remanded him to police custody for two days in the abduction case. Later, he was taken to some undisclosed location by the police.

Seven Pakistanis have been charged with planning and financing the Mumbai attacks. Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi is one of the seven suspects being tried by Pakistan in connection with the attacks which killed 166 people and seriously damaged relations between the longtime rivals, Pakistan and India. Lakhvi was arrested in December 2008. The other accused are Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum.

The trial has been underway since 2009. Lashkar-e-Taiba was blamed for the Mumbai carnage.